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The Best Blues Bands of All Time

List Criteria: This list is about pure blues players. Blues rock players and bands have their own lists. So no Clapton and Spencer here

Blues artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good blues bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top blues bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Blues groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all blues bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest blues bands of all time, since the most famous blues artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best blues music.

You can click on the blues band names to see more information about that particular notable blues group. If they're near the top of the best blues artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top blues bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the blues band names themselves.

The list you're viewing is made up of artists like Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones. Vote for the best artists by clicking the thumbs up button. Give a thumbs down to artists like Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton if you don't like them and a thumbs up if you do.

All important, significant and iconic names in blues music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new blues bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of blues, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into blues music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good blues bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent blues bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best blues bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest blues musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular blues bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    #1 on the original list
    Anthology, Super Blues, Fathers and Sons

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    #7 on the original list
    Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

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    #2 on the original list
    Let the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal, Ladies and Gentleman... Mr.

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    #6 on the original list
    Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, A Man & the Blues

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    #3 on the original list
    I'll Play the Blues for You, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, Collection ...

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    #8 on the original list
    I'll Play the Blues for You, In Session, Thursday Night in San Francisco ...

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    #4 on the original list
    The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, The Genuine Article, Howlin' Wolf

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    #9 on the original list
    The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit ...

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    #23 on the original list
    The Best of Johnny Winter, Anthology, Livin' in the Blues

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    #10 on the original list
    At Last!, Tell Mama, I'd Rather Go Blind

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    #19 on the original list
    Boss Blues Harmonica, Confessin' the Blues, Super Blues

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    #5 on the original list
    King of the Delta Blues Singers, The Complete Recordings, King of the ...

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    #59 on the original list
    Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton, Road ...

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    #30 on the original list
    Collins Mix: The Best Of, Showdown!, Ice Pickin'

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    #22 on the original list
    Nothing but the Blues: You Do Me Any Old Way, Where Did You Sleep Last ...

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    #17 on the original list
    One Way Out, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, His Best

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    #135 on the original list
    Room to Breathe, Ultimate Collection, Live From Austin

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    #18 on the original list
    I Love the Woman / Hide Away, Getting Ready..., Live at the Electric ...

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    #15 on the original list
    Good Feelin', Charly Blues Masterworks, Volume 14: T. Bone Shuffle

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    #32 on the original list
    Rocking in Chicago 1949-53, Volume 2 The Post War Years, Nothing But the ...

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    #25 on the original list
    Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 1925–1926, ...

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    #58 on the original list
    Mother of the Blues, Madam Gertrude "Ma" Rainey 1923-1928, Ma ...

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    #12 on the original list
    The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins, Mojo Hand, Texas Blues Giant

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    #37 on the original list
    Right Place, Wrong Time, Blues Masters

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    #11 on the original list
    King of the Slide Guitar: The Complete Trumpet, Chief & Fire Sessions, ...

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    #24 on the original list
    Sweeter as the Years Go By, The Soul of a Man, Praise God I'm Satisfied ...

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    #28 on the original list
    Squeeze Me, The World's Greatest Blues Singer, 1923-1933 Empress of the ...

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    #36 on the original list
    Giant Step / De Ole Folks at Home, Kulanjan, The Real Thing

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    #13 on the original list
    Delta Blues, The Legendary 1941/42 Recordings in Chronological Sequence, ...

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    #21 on the original list
    I Am the Blues, Jazz in Paris: Aux Trois Mailletz, I Am the Blues: The ...

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    #86 on the original list
    The Chronological Classics: Charles Brown 1946, The Chronological ...

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    #45 on the original list
    Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits ...

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    #26 on the original list
    Big Boss Man, The Vee-Jay Box: The Complete Singles and Other Rarities, ...

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    #40 on the original list
    Two Steps From the Blues, Two Steps From the Blues & Here's the Man, ...

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    #29 on the original list
    A Night of the Blues, The Real Blues, Messin' With the Kid: Junior Wells ...

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    #85 on the original list
    Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's Southside Band, Louisiana ...

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    #97 on the original list & added by AABob
    Still Got the Blues, Run for Cover, And Then the Man Said to His Guitar...

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    #55 on the original list
    Complete Candid Recordings: Otis Spann/Lightnin' Hopkins Sessions (disc ...

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    #52 on the original list
    Steady Rolling Blues, Jazz in Paris: Aux Trois Mailletz, Every Day I Have ...

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    #153 on the original list
    Los Lonely Boys, Forgiven, Sacred

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    #44 on the original list
    Mr. McTell Got the Blues, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, ...

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    #34 on the original list
    Sugar Mama, Nothing but the Blues, The Blues: Chicago 1937-1945

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    #61 on the original list
    The Excello Singles Anthology, Slim Harpo Knew the Blues, I'm a King Bee ...

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    #47 on the original list
    Complete Recorded Works 1935-1941 in Chronological Order, Volume 5: 27 ...

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    #88 on the original list
    Heart Ease Blues / Jivin' Woman Blues, Blind Boy Fuller, Volume 2

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    #133 on the original list
    Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order: 1928-1929, Cannned Heat ...

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    #90 on the original list
    You Gotta Move, The Best of Mississippi Fred McDowell, I Do Not Play No ...

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    #27 on the original list
    Today!, I'm Satisfied, Last Sessions

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    #69 on the original list
    Bricks in My Pillow, Live on Maxwell Street 1964, Live on Maxwell Street - ...

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    #70 on the original list
    W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues Band, Classics Meet Pops, St. Louis Blues / ...

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